Seven Additions to the USA Cycling National Team Announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling announced today the addition of seven athletes to the 2018 USA Cycling National Team across multiple disciplines: Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.) in BMX Supercross; Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.) and Dakotah Norton (Davidson, Mich.) in Mountain Bike; and Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.), Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif.), Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn.), and Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) in Road. Each rider joins the team based on top results this year that meet the objective performance-based criteria.

“We are excited to be able to extend the benefits of the USA Cycling National Team to additional riders.  Having more athletes qualify for support by meeting the challenging objective standards means that our depth as a nation is increasing,” said Scott Schnitzspahn Vice President of Elite Athletics for USA Cycling.    

Crain, a two-time Olympian (2012, 2016), finished eighth overall after advancing to the final round at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her top performance at the World Championship came on the heels of a successful first half of 2018 racing around the U.S. and also qualified her to receive the silver level of support on the National Team.

The 21-year-old Shaw has started the year with two top-5 finishes on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup circuit to date. He claimed silver at the Lošinj, Croatia, stop in April, a recorded a fourth-place finish in downhill at the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy, in the beginning of July. Shaw also took home a bronze medal at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Snowshoe, W. Va. on July 22.

25-year-old Norton also joins the National Team in downhill after a fifth place finish at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Losinj, Croatia in April. Both Shaw and Norton will compete for Team USA in the upcoming UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switizerland September 5-9.

On the road, one male and two females posted performances to qualify for the National Team. For the women, Hall has been collecting jerseys this year, winning the overall titles at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour of the Gila, Redlands Bicycle Classic and finally the Amgen Tour of California, which qualified her for a spot on the National Team at the bronze level of support.

Ryan has recorded several top results on the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2018. Her fifth place finish at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition earned her the bronze level of support on the Team. She also placed second at Women's WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe, second in Stage 3 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California and finished fourth in the road race at this year’s U.S. Pro Road National Championships.

Brown made his mark at the 2018 U.S. Championships last month. At 21 years and two months of age, he became the youngest male to win the U.S. Pro Road Race National Championship, claiming the biggest victory of his career in his new hometown of Knoxville and earning him the bronze level of support on the National Team.

In his final race of his 2018 Classics campaign, Phinney crossed the line in eighth-place at Paris-Roubaix. It was the best career finish in the race for the three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016), and he was the first American to finish among the top 10 in the event since 2008. Phinney just completed his second career Tour de France.   

2018 USA Cycling National Team Additions:

Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn.), Road

Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.), BMX Supercross

Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.), Road

Dakotah Norton (Davidson, Mich.), Mountain (Downhill)

Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.), Road

Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif.), Road

Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.), Mountain (Downhill)

In December 2017, USA Cycling announced the launch of the USA Cycling National Team, comprised of individuals who have been identified as top-performing, world-class athletes in their disciplines based on objective performance-based criteria. That criteria is unique to each discipline and is designed to select only those athletes who are performing at the very top of the world in their discipline. The initial National Team announcement featured 51 athletes. Four riders were added in February, and seven more riders join the team now.

Being on the USA Cycling National Team does not provide automatic access to World Championships teams or the Olympics, as those opportunities must be earned according to a clearly defined selection process open to all athletes. However, it does provide year-round access to USA Cycling’s highest level of athlete support, which may include:

  • Direct funding and health insurance
  • Access to U.S. Olympic Training Centers
  • Access to sport performance services: physiology, nutrition, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, technology and sports medicine
  • Access to U.S. Olympic Committee national medical network
  • Support from a USA Cycling Performance Director in partnership with the athlete’s personal coach, professional team, and extended support network
  • Travel support to attend National Team projects, qualifying events, and camps
  • High performance clothing and equipment provided by USA Cycling partners

USA Cycling has outlined clear athlete development pathways for each discipline to help aspiring athletes of all abilities understand the process and expectations. All information is available on the usacycling.org/team.

For more information, please contact Kelly Fox at: kfox@usacycling.org